The Fuehrer has decorated both captains with the Ritterkreuz to the Iron Cross.
I wish to convey to you, on the occasion of this recognition of the services and successes of the boats and their crews, my sincere congratulations.
Good luck and success in future too. Defeat England.
That defeat would now be more difficult than they imagined.
For even old messages imperilled German plans.
When the Bismarck sailed from Kiel on 19 May, the delay of three days or more in decipherment rendered Hut 8 powerless to reveal the secrets of her course.
But on the morning of 21 May, some April messages emerged to put it beyond doubt she was making for the trade routes.
Thereafter it was left to the Admiralty to derive intelligence in its more traditional way, which included plotting a radio direction on the wrong kind of map projection,
though its eventual good guessing was confirmed by a Luftwaffe Enigma message on 25 May.